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She writes a friendly letter to her dear friend, actress Phyllis Diller. Dated in 2002. Typed letter signed: "Helen" as Editor-in-Chief International Editions, 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, New York, 2002 August 8.

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She writes a friendly letter to her dear friend, actress Phyllis Diller. Dated in 2002.
Typed letter signed: "Helen" as Editor-in-Chief International Editions, 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, New York, 2002 August 8. On letterhead of "Cosmopolitan" to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller, Los Angeles, California. Begins: "Phyllis dear". In full: "I think it is criminal that we never got to plan a dinner party - your dinner party! You were so gracious and said David and I could come to your house and you would have over a few friends. Phyllis, I literally haven't been in Los Angeles for over a year and David, as I remember, has only been there once. You are still the dearest girl there is - as I told you last time - I am continually looking at a picture of David Brown on a JAWS location in a beautiful silver and gold Phyllis Diller frame - that permanent, just like our friendship, I hope. I honestly will be in touch one of these days when we are going to be there (I think I told you about the frame the last time but never mind, it's still is a treasure!)" Brown has drawn the parentheses around the last sentence, underlined four words and added an exclamation point. DAVID BROWN (1916-2010) was the movie producer to whom Helen has been married since September 25, 1959. He produced Jaws in 1975 and Jaws 2 in 1978. The bestselling author of Sex and the Single Girl (1962), HELEN GURLEY BROWN (1922-2012) took the helm of "Cosmopolitan" magazine in 1965 and created the "Cosmo Girl". During her 32-year tenure as Editor in Chief, the magazine introduced the male centerfold and greatly influenced ideas about women's independence and sexual freedom. Comedienne PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012), known for her outrageous appearance, zany outfits, distinctive laugh and a stand-up act that featured frequent references to her fictional husband, "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries, got her big break in March 1955 (at age 37), when she debuted at San Francisco's Purple Onion club. A subsequent appearance on The Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar launched her national career, which got a big boost after Bob Hope saw Diller in a Washington, D.C. club. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in three of Hope's films and 23 of his TV specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows and specials and she also appeared on the big screen. Her feature film credits include Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Fat Spy (1966), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and The Silence of the Hams (1994), and she provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life (1998). By 2000, the comedienne, who had trained as a concert pianist before her marriage (1939-1965) to Sherwood Anderson Diller, had appeared as a piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the U.S. Despite retiring from nightclub/stage tours in May 2002 at the age of 84, Diller continued to make films (Motorcross Kids, 2004; Forget About It, 2005) and occasionally appear on TV programs, including two episodes of 7th Heaven (2002, 2003) and a guest shot on The Wayne Brady Show (2004). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light type transference at lower margin and above signature. Fine condition.

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